Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This is about to be devoured

This is about to be devoured

As soon as the weather even so much as teases colder temperatures, I find myself chomping at the bit to make soup. To me, soup is as comforting to make as it is to eat. It’s so simple and you have the ability to layer flavors and add in hidden veggies–so what’s not to like? This Broccoli Cheddar soup came from a Google search in which I landed here. I was looking for something that didn’t use a ton of cream because I wanted to keep it as light as possible.

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Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

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Meatballs are a kind of weird thing to like but I love them. You can make a sandwich out of them, eat them with spaghetti or if you’re like me, sometimes they’re good all of their own! You don’t hear much about meatballs these days but I’m thinking they’re going to have a resurgence some day just like burgers, cauliflower and fro-yo have. In three years when someone dubs meatballs the food of summer, don’t say I didn’t tell you so!!!

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Cold Avocado Corn Soup with Cilantro Oil

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Philadelphia has been in the midst of a major heat wave so I had been planning on making chilled soup. The Jersey corn on the cob at the Farmer’s Market looked so good that I bought enough to have two nights in a row. One night we cooked it on the grill, in its husks Bobby Flay style–which was seriously the best corn on the cob I’ve ever had. Remove most of the husks but leave just enough to protect the corn from getting burnt. Soak it for a while in a pot of water and then put directly on the grill. The result is the most delicious corn ever. Try this immediately!

But the soup–this was equally as impressive as the corn on the cob. When I saw the recipe called for a serrano chile, my first instinct was to remove the seeds, even though the directions said otherwise. Please for the love of anything listen to whoever wrote this recipe because he/she KNOWS what he/she is talking about.

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Asparagus Gruyere Tart

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I have been a little obsessed with vegetables lately. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s all the beautiful colors of chard I’ve been seeing at the market. Or maybe it’s from enjoying a few too many summer-time beers that I’m subconsciously wanting more greens in my diet.

None of the ‘why’ really matters; it just warrants all the seriously fun things with I’ve been cooking with vegetables. Some healthy, some (like this one) not so much. But this was so good it was worth it. I made this for dinner but I think it would make a fantastic appetizer cut into smaller pieces. Once you have the dough all rolled out, this is ready in no time and requires little effort which is good for a weeknight dinner or for a no-fuss appetizer at a dinner party!

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Japanese Chicken Meatballs

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Wow–I haven’t blogged in forever! I have been cooking up a storm but haven’t gotten to blog any of the amazing (not included the not-so-amazing…and there’s been just as many of these…) meals that I’ve made recently.

I know people are weary of Gwyneth Paltrow after hearing the comments she made about her children’s diet, but her new cookbook It’s All Good has some amazing looking recipe ideas that aren’t as scary as you might think. They’re all gluten-free and healthy but still retain the comfort food feel that she loves.

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Potato Skins

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I LOVE appetizers. It’s a love that always gets me in trouble. I have big eyes and a small stomach and I cannot resist appetizers (and BREAD) before eating dinner. It’s real sad when I get all excited about a meal and can’t take more than a few bites because I’ve filled up so much on the first course.

That’s why it’s always a good idea to have an appetizer night in lieu of a real dinner once in a while. With my family, it usually consists of some frozen pigs in a blanket, mozzarella sticks and cheeses. But since I’ve been painfully aware that my beloved potato skins are all but gone from appetizer menus everywhere, I decided to make my own.

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Weeknight Cherry Tomato Margherita Pizza

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This is a little Sandra Lee of me, but this is a pizza made with refrigerated pizza dough (gasp, gasp from meanie food bloggers who look down on those who don’t do everything from scratch!). You could make your own dough for this. It would be easy enough, but the reason for making this exact pizza is that it’s stupid easy but will taste amazing. Even if you’re spending a couple extra bucks on the dough, it’s still way cheaper than ordering a pizza! Continue reading